Originally Posted by dusty
About overtraining (?), is there a way to know if I'm overdoing it? I have zero experience with this stuff.
Just keep track of your progress with the weights--you should be seeing steady (if small) progress each week, either in reps or in poundage. If you aren't, it could be a number of things (you might not be eating enough, you might not be getting enough rest, your training program might not be challenging enough, etc), but one of the things it might be is overtraining, i.e. you're not giving yourself enough time to recover from the exercise and build back a little stronger. It sounds like you might be new to lifting, or you've taken a break for a while? If so, I wouldn't worry about overtraining. You can usually make great gains when you first start (or re-start) a training program. Just keep it in mind if, a few months from now, you seem to have hit a plateau.